Monday, June 7, 2010

Mine Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce

Yet another trip to the library to pick-up books I ordered, and of course you have to look to see if there is anything else you might like to take home. Jamie's Food Revolution was it. Looking through the book there are a number of very good recipes. I am always looking for recipes to take to work for lunch or dinner depending on which shift I am on. This is a great recipe, it heats up nicely in the microwave.

Mini Shell Pasta with a Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce


10 slices smoked bacon or pancetta
small bunch of mint (did not use)
sea salt and pepper
1 pound dried mini shell pasta
olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
2 cups frozen peas
2 tbsp. heavy cream or creme fraiche
1 lemon
6 ounces Parmesan cheese


Prepare pasta according to directions.

In a large frying pan over medium heat add 1 tbsp. olive oil and butter.
Add bacon to pan, sprinkle with pepper and fry until golden and crisp.
If you are using mint, chop it finely.
When bacon is crisp add peas and toss.
Add cream and mint to bacon.
Drain pasta, save some of the pasta water.
Add pasta to bacon.
Add the juice of 1/2 lemon.
Let mixture bubble on heat until sauce reduces a bit.
Remove from heat.
If sauce is a bit to thick, add some of the pasta water.
Add Parmesan cheese and toss it.

Serve with a salad.
Serves 4 to 6


Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) said...

Jamie's book over here (UK) is called 'MinIstry of Food' - must be all the same recipes though! Toddler loves this one (and so do I)

Bridgett said...

I love all of the Jamie recipes I have ever tried and this one sounds like one that my family would love. I will have to get out my Food Revolution and check it out as this looks so delicious.

Marcia said...

This looks good, but I may modify it with skim milk instead of cream to make the white sauce. Something else to so with the snow peas i"m picking now.

Chef Bee said...

I almost bought his book recently. Now I have to go pick it up. I miss watching Food Revolution.
Plan B

Jannett said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments... I totally agree all of Jamie's cookbooks are great...:)

cookies and cups said...

This looks so great! I love peas in pasta, such a great combo...and then add bacon ~ awesome!


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